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Barroom Brawl S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Caveman S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Good Vibrations S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
North Arete S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
North Face Direct S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Quiet Storm S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sandman S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sugar Time S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Sweetness S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Tower 2 West Arete S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Tower 2 West Face S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Towering Inferno S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
West Face Dihedral S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Description

I found this crag while scouting for rock a few years ago. The location was pretty remote with a beautiful view of the San Pedro River Valley and there was no evidence of anyone having been there before. I talked Joe Kreidel into taking a look at the crag, but we never got back before he moved to San Antonio. Fortunately for me, in November of last year, I was able to convince John Baker to take a look and we top roped a couple of routes on the east side. This convinced us that it would be worth developing the crag. Josie Wodraska soon joined in on the crag development. There are now 12 routes from 5.10- to 5.12 with the possibility for a few more. The area is comprised of three main towers with routes facing to the east, north, and west. The base is still a little unstable, especially on the west side. As such, a couple of the routes have keeper bolts to protect the climbers. All the routes were covered in lichen, and even after much cleaning, would benefit from a little more brushing. The elevation is about 7,200’, so even when chasing shade it might feel warm when the temps in town pass 100 (unless it’s windy).

Getting There

Park at the upper Butterfly trailhead. After hiking on the Butterfly trail for about 10 minutes one can notice a faint climber trail on your left that leads down to a small crag with 2 or 3 routes (the top of this crag can be seen through the bush about 100 feet off the trail). Hike another approximately 500 feet on the Butterfly trail and you will find another climber trail on your left that starts by a large tree with a notch about 3 feet off the ground and leads down to the Tri-tower. Follow the climber trail switch-backs down to the south end of the crag. In total the trail descends about 500’ from the parking lot to the crag (about half the descent on the Butterfly trail and the other half on the climber’s trail). Car to crag is about 30 minutes in and about 35 minutes out.

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Joe Kreidel
San Antonio, TX
Joe Kreidel   San Antonio, TX
Glad to see you guys put up these lines! Jun 25, 2017
Fun little place to spend some time. Interesting rock with some cool texture/knobs up higher. Worth a visit. I hope that you guys put more time into the belay spots and path to the cliff. Jun 16, 2017
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
Got it Joe. I'd say you guys know better than anyone if there's anything worth doing left. I'd honestly rather put my efforts elsewhere anyhow, but figured I'd offer to fill in the blanks if you guys were burned out. I've had my fair share of moments spent dangling in a harness wishing someone would come along and share the work. Again, thanks for the efforts and looking forward to checking it out!

Jun 16, 2017
JoeS  
Kemper,
There may be room for a couple of more routes, but I don't think that there will be any decent routes still to be done that would be easier than the two we already did. The crag belongs to everyone, so you are certainly welcome to take a look. If you decide to add lines, my only ask would be that you make them safe and don't crowd existing routes so as to make the lines confusing. Jun 16, 2017
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
Joe and John,
So good to see others on the hunt for new rock. 10 routes makes for a nice day! I look forward to checking this place out next time I head up the mountain. Jbak, you mentioned the crag could use some moderates... does this mean there are lines you have in mind? or were you just saying that in general? If you're feeling burned out on the development end, let me know and I'll tap in and get the last couple done for you guys. Cheers for the hard work you both put in! Jun 15, 2017
jbak  
The TriTower is not The Steep or Raycreation. But it is a good addition to Upper Highway climbing.

Pros: Pretty spot, can chase shade since crag has climbs on 3 sides. Hike out is shady espec if you wait til sun is low. Rock has cool holds...lots of knobs and pinches. Hangout below east face is really nice. Crag sits on a north and west slope so has less convection heating than most upper highway crags.

Cons: No truly _great_ routes though some are close. Lots of Lichen, but it is pretty easy to brush and traffic will improve situation. Hike out is a hump, kind of like Ireland but shadier. Some slopes beneath routes are pretty unstable, but getting better as we figure out cleaning and platforms.

I wouldn't mind having some easier routes there. Like EFR says, that's how climber trails get maintained. Both Sugar Time and Sweetness _may_ be 5.9 though, and both are quite good I think, so maybe that qualifies ?

We call this place The TriTower since The Towers was already taken (Munchkin sub-area). It is not really obvious that it is a SET of towers until you get on top and notice there are 3 summits separated by tight gulleys. Jun 15, 2017

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